Chicken w/ Rosemary Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary – minced
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Heat pan over medium heat with cooking spray.
  2. Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  3. Add chicken to pan and cook for 3 minutes per side.
  4. Add green onions, wine, and rosemary and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add chicken broth and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in half and half and cook for 2 minutes.

Note: This is a thin, light cream sauce. If you prefer your sauce thicker, dissolve a tsp or two of cornstarch in hot water and add it to the sauce. Heat it to the simmer and take it off the stove to thicken.

 

(Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-with-rosemary-sauce-10000000491533/)

 

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Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs unflavored protein powder
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs splenda brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs oat bran
  • 1 tbs skim milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1-2 tbs sugar-free chocolate sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk all ingredients together and pour into a souffle cup.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes. (the outside rim should be cooked while the center remains very moist & melty)
  4. Pour sugar-free chocolate sauce over cake and serve while hot.

Chicken Carnitas

Chicken Carnitas

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken leg quarters, skin removed
  • 9 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Place chicken legs in dish and top with more cooking spray.
  4. Combine chili powder, salt, oregano, and 2/3 of minced garlic.
  5. Rub mixture on chicken and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from oven.
  7. Use 2 forks to remove chicken meat from bone within the same baking dish and shred.
  8. Mix chicken meat with juices from the baking dish.
  9. Preheat medium pan on medium heat with cooking spray.
  10. Add remainder of garlic and cook until fragrant.
  11. Add chicken meat along with garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper, pepper, and 2-3 squeezes of lime juice.
  12. Cook chicken until it’s nice and brown and a bit crisp.
  13. Optional: serve on some Homemade Dukan Tortillas.

Dukan California Rolls

My favorite food in the world is sushi. I love rice, I love seaweed, and I loooove seafood! Even for those of you who aren’t so fond of the raw stuff, I think we can agree on the deliciosity of one roll: the California Roll. Normally made with imitation crab meat, avocado, rice, and cucumber, it is the simplicity in this dish that makes it so great. In fact, many specialty rolls are based around the California Roll.

The California Roll is especially good for me because..drum roll please..I am allergic to crustaceans! 😦 Yes, the reaction hit me about 2 years ago. Apparently, it is very common to develop a reaction to seafood as an adult. Lucky for me, I am not allergic to fish or mollusks, just crustaceans. This includes lobster, shrimp, crab, crawfish, etc. All things that I once ate in abundance! So, if you’ve ever wondered why I rarely post seafood recipes, that’s why.

With that said, here it is Dukaners.. a low-carb sushi recipe that will hopefully hit your Japanese food craving.

Dukan California Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg-whites, whisked
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, julienned
  • 1/2 cup imitation crab meat, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tbs low-fat mayo
  • 1.5 medium sheets of roasted seaweed
  • 3 tbs low-sodium soy sauce

Directions:

  1. In a small pan, heat cooking spray on medium heat.
  2. Pour in egg-whites and allow it to take the round shape of the pan.
  3. Cook until both sides are browned. Remove and cut egg whites into squares (1/2 inch by 1.5 inch).
  4. Combine mayo with imitation crab meat and mix.
  5. Cut seaweed sheets into 1.5-2 inch wide strips.
  6. Place 1-2 tbs of crab meat in one section of each seaweed strip, then cucumber, & 2-3 squares of egg-whites. (see picture)
  7. Carefully roll the seaweed and use a toothpick to hold the roll together.
  8. Serve rolls with low-sodium soy sauce.

Chili-Lime Chicken

Chili-Lime Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 16 drumsticks, skin removed
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbs chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet splenda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
  2. Pat drumsticks dry and season with salt & pepper.
  3. Place drumsticks in a large baking dish.
  4. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over chicken.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove foil and bake for another 35 minutes, basting drumsticks with juices often.
  7. Remove from oven and plate drumsticks. Top with rendered sauce and garnish with lime wedges.

(source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chili-lime-drumsticks-10000001909045/)

Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)

As someone who’s Vietnamese, naturally I LOVE Vietnamese food. Unfortunately, since most Vietnamese dishes contain fish sauce (a very potent, salty sauce), Bob tends to not like it so much. Many non-Vietnamese people probably feel the same way. Even so, there are a few dishes that many people, regardless of their cultural background, seem to gravitate towards. One dish is called Pho, a noodle soup with a base made from cooking bone marrow, onions, and ginger. It takes many many hours to get the right flavors for the broth and is served with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken. Another dish you may have heard of is called Banh Mi. A French-influenced sandwich stuffed with a variety of meats and usually includes an asian mayo, soy sauce, and pickled carrots and daikon. Finally, there is the ever-so-popular Bo Luc Lac or “Shaking Beef.” A dish made with tender, cubed steak and usually served with rice and a vinaigrette salad.

My mom is an EXCEPTIONAL Vietnamese cook. Really, I’m not just saying that because I’m her daughter 🙂 Needless to say, I will never cook at her level by any means. She wakes up in the wee hours of the morning to make the perfect Pho broth and is constantly being praised left and right for her cooking. Well, I won’t be waking up at the break of dawn to cook any time soon but what I can do is make a Dukan-friendly version of this dish: Bo Luc Lac. Do NOT be afraid of the fish sauce, it really gives the dish a great flavor! In fact, one of the winners of Top Chef was a Vietnamese chef that was known to put fish sauce in ALL of his culinary creations!

Vietnamese Shaking Beef / Bo Luc Lac

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs lean steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs splenda brown sugar
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1/2 onion, sliced

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow steak to marinate.
  2. Heat a wok/large pan on high heat with cooking spray.
  3. Cook steak/onions in batches to avoid overcrowding the meat. Brown on all sides. (note: you want to cook the meat fast to get the nice brown color while keeping the meat tender)
  4. Optional: Serve with some fresh, sliced cucumbers.

(source: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/vietnamese-shaking-beef-bo-luc-lac.html)

Triple Chocolate Pancakes

I must warn you.. these pancakes are insanely delicious. Not delicious as far as the Dukan Diet goes. Not delicious as far as any diet goes. Just DELICIOUS.

Why triple chocolate? Well, the reasons are three-fold: 1) chocolate soy milk, 2) cocoa powder, 3) sugar-free chocolate sauce. So, yes.. it is truly a triple chocolate dessert!

Triple Chocolate Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 tbs oat bran
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 packet splenda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbs low-fat chocolate soy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs Walden Farms chocolate syrup

Directions:

  1. In a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder, process the oat bran to a powdery, flour-like consistency.
  2. Pour oat bran into a bowl along with the baking powder, cocoa powder, splenda, and salt and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, soy milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix well.
  5. Heat a pan on medium-low heat with cooking spray.
  6. Pour in 1/3 to 1/2 of the pancake mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes until bubbles form and edges begin crisping.
  7. Top with cooking spray, flip, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  8. Serve pancakes with chocolate sauce.

(source: http://sheisred.com/2012/05/29/dukan-brownie-pancakes/)

Japanese Sticky Chicken

Japanese Sticky Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 8 drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2.5 tbs splenda brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pan over high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Increase the heat while turning the chicken often until the sauce turns into a sticky glaze.
  4. Remove garlic cloves and serve.

(source: http://www.food.com/recipe/japanese-mums-chicken-68955)

Turkey Sausage & Peppers

Quick update: My weight is still lingering in the 116s and is being very stubborn! In fact, the only day this week that I actually lost weight was when I had a little cheat meal and had a 6 inch Subway Club. Could it be that my body has gotten used to the Dukan Diet?  The last few pounds is indeed the MOST difficult to lose! On a lighter note, the adoption event I volunteered at over the weekend went well and we adopted out 20 dogs in just that one day! I’m sooo happy for those lovebugs. They ALL deserve forever homes!

Turkey Sausage & Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz Turkey Smoked Sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low-fat pasta sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • low-fat parmesan cheese for garnish
  • optional: 1 cup sliced mushrooms

Directions:

  1. In a large pan, heat cooking spray over medium heat.
  2. Add sausage and cook until brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add bell peppers, onions, garlic, and salt & pepper to taste. Spray with cooking spray.
  4. Brown until soft while scraping the bottom of the pan.
  5. Return sausage to the pan with the peppers and add pasta sauce.
  6. Allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese.
  7. Optional: Make some Dukan-friendly Garlic Cheese Bread to compliment this dish!

Swedish Meatballs

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As a Dukaneer, I have had my share of meatballs (and I’m sure you have, too!). After all, you can season them with just about anything, pop them in the oven and you have yourself a Dukan-friendly meal! But what makes the perfect meatball? I haven’t a clue but what I do know is that these Swedish Meatballs are melt-in-your mouth delicious! The meatballs themselves are tender and flavorful and the sauce is to die for. It may even give Ikea a run for their money 😉

Swedish Meatballs

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbs dried parsley

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fat free beef stock
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbs cornstarch, dissolved in 3 tbs hot water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for the meatballs.
  3. Form 2-inch meatballs and place on baking dish. (tip: I found that meatballs come out more tender when I bake them in a muffin pan)
  4. Bake for about 18 minutes.
  5. In a medium pan, heat 2 seconds of cooking spray on medium heat.
  6. Add beef stock. Then, slowly whisk in cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil.
  7. Turn heat to low and add sour cream, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Plate meatballs and top with creamy sauce.

(source: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/swedish_meatballs/http://www.food.com/recipe/kittencals-italian-melt-in-your-mouth-meatballs-69173)